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The TDA Quilt Collection

About the TDA Quilt Collection


The Texas Department of Agriculture's (TDA) Quilt Collection is available as a traveling display to be used in the promotion of Texas natural fibers. The themes of the quilts highlight various aspects of Texas agriculture and promote Texas along with the quilting tradition in our state. The TDA Quilt Collection is as much art as craft, and the quilts have become more than heirlooms, they are emblematic of the rich Texas agricultural heritage that belongs to all Texans.

The TDA Quilt Competition

Every other year, the Texas Department of Agriculture invites quilters around the state to pick up their needles and accept a challenge: design a block adhering to a theme using Texas natural fibers. Without fail, talented participants answer the call, and TDA receives numerous worthy submissions. Contest participants use Texas natural fibers - cotton, wool and leather - to create a quilt block design. A panel of judges selects the winning entries, which are then combined to create the quilts that make up the TDA Quilt Collection and become part of TDA’s natural fiber exhibition.

Application to Display the TDA Quilt Collection

To host the TDA Quilt Collection, download the Quilt Collection Display Agreement and mail the agreement to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Gifts of the Gulf Quilt - 2014  Minimize 
Texas pride runs deep, especially along the more than 360 miles that make up the state’s coastline. This year, the Texas Department of Agriculture is pleased to shine the spotlight on the Texas Gulf Coast, as the theme for our 2014 Quilt Block Competition.

This year’s contest sponsors include Hobbs Bonded Fibers of Waco, “designs by tana” of Crowley, Tandy Leather Factory of Fort Worth and the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association. The final quilt will be designed and constructed by Terri Vogds of Denton, Emily Provost Dobbs of Port Arthur,and quilted by Maria Hall of Flower Mound.

The Gifts of the Gulf Quilt will be unveiled at the Food & Fiber Pavilion on September 26, 2014 and will be on display until October 19. After which, it will join the traveling quilt collection and visit fairs, festivals and museums all over the state.

For more information, contact Jessica Martini at (512) 463-2496 or

Agriculture is Your Culture Quilt - 2012  Minimize 
Agriculture is Your Culture Quilt

Congratulations to the 2012 Quilt Block Competition winners. The following contestants have their quilt blocks included in the Agriculture is Your Culture Quilt. The quilt was unveiled at the Food and Fiber Pavilion during the 2012 State Fair of Texas. The theme was chosen to spotlight  TDA’s educational campaign of the same name that demonstrates how agriculture impacts the lives of all Americans. To learn more about the 2012 Quilt Block Competition, check out the press release and the list of sponsors.

Ms. Barbara Clifford, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Cindy Werkmeister, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Deeanna Hasten, Cumby, Texas
Ms. Faith Newcomb, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Jackie Thompson, Azle, Texas
Ms. Jody Price, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Joni Harrel, Kingsville, Texas
Ms. Joy Kelly, Granbury, Texas
Ms. Judy Kennedy, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Karen Forse, Pasadena, Texas
Ms. Kelly Loftice, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Kerry Fisher, Fredericksburg, Texas
Ms. Lee Ann McDowell, Shamrock, Texas
Ms. Lee Woods, Weatherford, Texas
Ms. Melba Goode, Damon, Texas
Ms. Melloniece Killings, Fort Worth, Texas
Ms. Nancy Bowlin, Snyder, Texas
Ms. Pam Hamilton, Fort Worth, Texas 

Texas Wildlife: Adventure Awaits! Quilt - 2010  Maximize 

Toast a Rising Star Quilt - 2008  Maximize 

The Legendary Ranches of Texas Quilt - 2006  Maximize 

Texas Yes! Quilt - 2004  Maximize 

Healthy Food for Healthy Kids Quilt - 2004  Maximize 

Texas Blooming Floral Quilt - 2002  Maximize 

The Millenium Quilt – Texas Then and Now – 2000  Maximize 

The Common Threads of Texas Quilt – 1997  Maximize 

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